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Paisley Fields with The Riverside Wanderers
March 24 @ 8:00 pm$15 – $20
Active since 2013, Paisley Fields is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader splitting time between Brooklyn, New York and Nashville, Tennessee. His years of experience in Manhattan piano bars did not diminish his love for country music, and he has already released two albums that pay homage to the music of his youth. As a touring member of the queer-country icons Lavender Country, Paisley played keyboard on their 2022 album Blackberry Rose.
On his latest record Limp Wrist, Paisley draws inspiration from queer icon Andy Warhol and a myriad of drag artists with whom he’s collaborated. Limp Wrist is an exploration of where rural queerness intersects religion. Paisley’s family were devout Catholics, and he served as the official church pianist in his parish throughout his teens, playing every Sunday. The songs on Limp Wrist are deeply personal, and often touch on what it was like to grow up closeted and queer in rural Iowa in the early 2000s. “Black Hawk County Line” tells the story of Paisley being outed by a former friend his senior year in high school, “Dial Up Lover” is about logging on to gay AOL chat rooms to find other queers in the area, and “Plastic Rosary” recounts the experience of being told he’ll never get into heaven while praying the rosary. The most personal and biographical moment comes during “Iowa”, which recounts the tragic murder of Matthew Shepard, and the visceral fear he had to wrestle with since he was already aware of how different he was. The album ends on an uplifting note, sharing a message of friendship and hope with “Tomorrow Finds a Way”.
The stories are his, but the feelings they convey – love, loneliness, lust, fear – are still universal.
The Riverside Wanderers are a blues/folk duo from St. Louis, Missouri. Paul Rhodes and Hannah Satterwhite have brought their singing and playing to locations ranging from city barrooms to country porches.